News From the Nest

Evansdale Weekly Newsletter - January 11, 2018

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School Will Be Closed on Monday, Jan. 15th

A Message From Mr. Clayton ...

Dear Parents of 5th Graders,

With the start of second semester, it is time to start thinking about middle school. If your child will be attending our feeder middle school, Henderson Middle, we have some important dates for you.

Parent Tour Dates: These tours will be held at Henderson Middle and will take place at 9:30 am for each session on the

following dates; January 19th, February 2nd, and February 9th.

Parent Orientation Meeting: This informational meeting will be held at Henderson Middle and it will take place at 6:30 pm

on February 8th.

Evansdale Student Tour: This tour is ONLY FOR 5th grade students. Parents can not attend. Our students will take a trip to Henderson Middle on February 22nd for an orientation and tour of the school.


Robert Clayton

Assistant Principal

Evansdale Elementary

"STEM"tastic Happenings at Evansdale

STEM Unit Update

Evansdale Eagles are Engineering all sorts of amazing solutions. 1st grade students designed and made instruments using recyclable materials. They also used the 3D printer to create different types of instruments.

STEM Lab Update

The STEM Team has been hard at work organizing resources in the STEM lab. All classrooms will have activities in the STEM lab this semester, and resources are available to all teachers. Some of our 2nd grade classes visited the STEM lab and learned about an aeroponic system of growing plants without soil.

Melissa Bachman

Academic Coach & STEM Coordinator

Evansdale Elementary School

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Fernbank Science Center Presents Science Nights Out for 3rd-6th Graders

Fernbank Science Center is proud to announce the 16th season of this very popular program for young students. Each Science Night Out is an evening packed with hands-on STEM activities led by Fernbank scientists, Fernbank LINKS Robotics high school team members and mentors. Typical comments from previous years were, “This is so cool!” "Mom, I don't want to leave!" and "Do we have to wait a month to come back?" For more details, schedule, registration information, click on the link below.

Save-The-Date for 2018 Atlanta Science Festival

Save the date for the 2018 #ATLSciFest, held March 9-24, with 100 engaging events at venues throughout metro Atlanta. We're extending the festival from one to two weeks so you can enjoy more public science events with your friends and family. And that's not all that's changed. This year the Exploration Expo will be held at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta! For more information, visit
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C-O-N_G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to the 2017-2018 Spelling Bee Participants

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Spelling Bee Champion, Kate Kupronis. Our two runners-up are Ethan Smith and Andrew Heller. It was an 8 round battle and we are proud of all of our participants.

First Semester Honors Day , January 18th

The schedule is as follows -

8-8:45: 1st grade

9-9:45: 2nd grade

10-10:45: 5th grade

12-12:45: 3rd grade

1-1:45: 4th grade


PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL: ALL A’s, P’s, E’s and/or S’s in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health, and French. Students must have at least ALL S’s in conduct summary (No suspensions- ISS or OSS)

CITIZENSHIP AWARD: All S’s in Final Conduct Evaluation Criteria section. This includes P.E. Art, Music, French, and Health. This award is also based on criteria such as helpful, courteous, hardworking etc. Students receiving Principal’s Honor Roll may also be eligible. If a student receives Evansdale Academic Recognition, he/she must meet all of the criteria listed above to receive a Citizenship Award. The student can not have any N’s on their report card.

EVANSDALE ACADEMIC RECOGNITION: Students that have a combination of A’s, B’s, P’s, S’s, and/or E’s in all academic/conduct areas. There can not be any N’s or U’s for this award. ***This honor should not include students on the Principal’s Honor Roll.

RISING SCHOLAR AWARD (optional): Student is putting forth tremendous effort but has not met the requirements of Principal’s Honor Roll or Evansdale Academic Recognition

***Please note that all awards are based on the REPORT CARD markings.

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Parent Tool #2 - Involvement & Communication

Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents' confidence in their children's education. Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior. Involvement includes but is not limited to volunteering at school, attending school meetings and PTA functions. Checking couriers on Fridays and reading the emailed newsletters (NFTN) on Thursdays are the best ways to find out about school activities.

There is also evidence that shows positive communication between parents and teachers helps improve academic performance. Ongoing communication with your child's teacher is essential to make sure he/she can tailor his/her approach to your child. The best way to contact staff is via email. Email addresses can be found at . You may also write a note to the teacher in your student's agenda or send one in to school with your student in the morning.

Parents Still Needed to Complete Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

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2018 Father + Daughter Dance

Calling all dads ...please make plans to attend The 2018 Evansdale Elementary Father+Daughter Dance, Saturday, February 10th. A formal invite will be sent home in your daughter's courier tomorrow. Ticket prices are $18 per family, no matter how many girls a dad brings. In addition, EvansDads have made arrangements with a local florist for dads to present their girls with a rose and baby’s breath and to wear a boutonniere themselves, if they wish. Flower prices are the florist’s list prices for the Valentine’s week. The flowers will be given out at the dance. Deadline for turning in ticket, flower/boutonniere requests and payment is Monday, January 29th. Tickets will be sent home the week of February 5th. The location of the dance is in the cafeteria at Evansdale Elementary School from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer. Many dads will be 'retiring' this year with the graduation of their daughters and we would like to keep the tradition going. Teachers and Administration are invited to join us as well!

Scott Foerst:

Kenny Allen:
Jerry Appleman:

Volunteers Needed for 2nd Grade Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The PTA Hospitality Committee needs 2nd grade parent volunteers to help with the teacher luncheon next Friday, January 19th. Please sign up on the link below to help. Thank you in advance for volunteering to help!

2nd grade Teacher appreciation Lunch- Italian

5th Grade Parents - It's Time for Yearbook Dedications

It's almost time to celebrate our 5th-grade Eagles as they get ready to leave the Evansdale nest. Let's send them off with personalized farewell dedications in their last Evansdale yearbook.

Here’s how …

  • Write a special congratulatory message to your Eagle (50 words or less)
  • Collect two (2) of your favorite, GOOD QUALITY pictures of them
  • Send your dedication to us using Option A or B:

IMPORTANT! The deadline to submit your dedication is January 31st.

If we don’t receive your dedication by Jan. 31st, your student won’t be featured in the yearbook’s 5th grade farewell section. Trust us, you want to do this! If you have questions or need help, contact Christofer Peterson at or (404) 441-8416 (call or text).

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Crepe Day is Coming February 2nd .... Details will Unfold Soon

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DCSD 2018-2019 School Choice FAQS

  • Parent Support Center is open (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) during Open Enrollment
2652 Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA 30033. Reserve your appointment online at

  • Call-In support is available from 1/8/18 - 4/16/18 at 678-676-0050
  • Applications submitted with all required paperwork during the open enrollment window are ON TIME.
  • All applications are required to be submitted online ONLY.

Evansdale's 2018-2019 School Choice Tour Dates

  • January 19th at 9:30 a.m.
  • January 25th at 1:00 p.m.
  • January 30th at 9:30 a.m.

No Reservations Required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to actual tour.

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Emory LaVista Parent Council (ELPC)

Friday, January 26, 2018.

Emory Lavista Parent Council and Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools Invite you to Attend a 2018 Legislative Update:

Join several of our State House and Senate representatives as they brief us on the education-related topics anticipated to be dealt with during the 2018 legislative session.
Refreshments beginning at 9 am; Meeting beginning at 9:15 am.
Location: Henderson Middle School.

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01/12 First Semester Report Cards Go Home in Couriers

01/13 LEGO First League Super Regionals Tournament, Clarkston HS

01/15 No School, Martin Luther King Day

01/17 Parent - Teacher Conferences

01/18 First Semester Honors Day

01/19 School Choice Tour, 9:30 a.m.

01/19 PTA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, (2nd Grade Parents Provide Lunch)

01/25 School Choice Tour, 1:00 p.m.

01/25 STEM Night, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

01/26 Accelerated Reader 55% Cut-Off

01/26 Class Pictures

01/30 School Choice Tour, 9:30 a.m.